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Water temperature matters more to Rich Szczerbala than lure colors at Falls of Neuse, but he does like white/chartreuse and black/blue. Colors are secondary at Falls Lake

Former guide Richard Szczerbala said that finding the correct water temperature — 55 to 58 degrees in March — is the most-important factor in catching prespawn Falls of Neuse bass.


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The mid-lake area of Falls of the Neuse can be an extremely productive place to catch prespawn bass. Try mid-lake areas for prespawn fish

Joel Munday likes to fish the mid-lake area of Falls of Neuse during the prespawn.

“Areas between New Light Creek and the NC 50 bridge with some wind can be really productive during the prespawn,” he said. “Any rocky, main-lake or secondary point can be good.


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Seven tips to better long-line trolling

Like spider-rigging, having success in long-line trolling takes dedication in order to get a system that works for your boat and your setup. Try these seven tips will help you become a better long liner.

• Don’t stop. Unlike tight-lining, in long-lining, the speed of the boat determines the depth of the baits/lures. Stopping over underwater cover too long will cause you to lose your religion when every line hangs up at once.


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Crappie fishermen who tight-line need special equipment — rods and rod-holder systems that will hold them. Tools of the tight-line trade

Getting started tight-lining for crappie requires advanced preparation. Admittedly, that also means a moderate investment. The combination of gear and tackle makes a boat uniquely crappie-oriented, although most of the accessories can have multiple species applications.


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Shallow, stained water is the ticket for catching Lake Wylie bass on spinnerbaits. Go over to the dark side

For many anglers, night time is the right time for catching bass, and March is a great time to doing it in the dark on Wylie.

“Some fish are already shallow, and a lot of fish that are suspending on secondary points will come in and cruise the shallows at dusk, and they all seem to let their guard down a little bit once the sun goes down,” said Mike Stone, who fishes Lake Wylie more than a hundred days a year.

The lake is also less crowded at night, as most anglers prefer to leave while it’s still light out. Stone said they are missing out on some of the best fishing Wylie has to offer, and some of the best bass fishing —day or night — in the Carolinas.


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High water that’s stained to dirty is a big draw for Lake Wylie bass looking to head for the shallows. High water is an angler’s friend

March is typically a rainy month, and as part of the Catawba River system, Lake Wylie gets local rain as well as rain and melting snow from the waterways well upstream, which means anglers will get to fish their share of high water this month.

For fishermen like Mike Stephens of Charlotte, that’s a blessing.

“When I fish Lake Wylie in March, I want it to be high water,” said Stephens, who won a Carolinas Bass Classic event on Wylie last March during a period of high water. “These bass have spawning on their minds, and a lot of them are shallow, just waiting for the right water temperature to spawn. Some are at different depths and random locations in or just outside of the creeks. 


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Riprapped banks cover plenty of Lake Wylie’s shoreline, and fishermen need to target them in March. Riprap is big key at Wylie

The large rocks that line much of Lake Wylie’s shoreline are called riprap, and plenty of it is submerged below the surface. Marc Deschenes said this creates a food chain that anglers can take advantage of.

“Crayfish love to hide in the crevices, and algae grows along the rocks, attracting baitfish, which attract bigger fish,” said Deschenes, who targets bass around these rocks with a jig and crawdad chunk trailer. The trailer adds size to the jig, aids the lure’s buoyancy and helps it flutter slowly to the bottom like a real crawdad or injured fish would.


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Guide Rick Patterson said redfish are schooling in the marshes around Swansboro and can be caught on artificial lures or cut baits. Swansboro-area reds are coming to life in marshes

The warmer, sunny days between cold fronts at the end of winter have provided some excellent fishing in the marshes behind Emerald Isle, Bear Island and Browns Island near Swansboro. Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters said the water in the marsh creeks and ponds has stayed crystal clear, and sight-fishing for redfish has been and continues to be excellent. Some black drum and a few speckled trout have been mixed with some of the redfish.   


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Noland Creek is one of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s fine trout streams. Noland is a Smoky jewel

Noland Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County is typical of hundreds of prime trout streams that crisscross the park: remote, scenic and full of trout. 

The creek’s headwaters form high in the Smokies near Clingman’s Dome, and the creek flows south approximately 10 miles to the Tuckasegee River arm of Fontana Lake near Bryson City. As with most park streams, Noland has a mix of rainbow, brown and brook trout. Rainbows dominate the middle and upper sections, browns are limited mostly to the lower section, and brooks inhabit the headwaters.


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Walter Wittenben shows off a couple of slot-sized reds taken on a trip with Capt. Allen Jernigan. Reds working in schools in creeks, bays off New River

The marshes from Surf City to Emerald Isle have a reputation for holding big schools of red drum during the winter. Even better, they are usually feeding, so once a school is located, the fish will usually provide a few hours of tug-of-war fun. Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry is one of a handful of guides who spends a lot of time in the company of these fish and has a long list of clients who enjoy their time in the marsh also.


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Bass fishing on Kerr Reservoir has been great up in the Staunton River arm of the lake. Staging bass making Kerr Reservoir prespawn bite a good one

Notwithstanding the ice, snow and rain dumped on John H. Kerr Reservoir’s watershed over the last few weeks and all the runoff that has poured into the 49,500-acre reservoir, at least one fisherman said March is the best time to be on the lake.


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Capt. Mitchell Blake said the Roanoke River is full of fish: stripers, shad, herring, plus an occasional bass or perch. Mixed-bag fishing in lower Roanoke River is rolling

Capt. Mitchell Blake of FishIBX.com said fishing in the Roanoke River has been really good, and he expects it to improve over the next few weeks for stripers, shad, herring and even the occasional largemouth bass and speckled perch.


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